The Wait for Water is Over- Berendo is Blooming!

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This month at Berendo Middle School, the students learned about the soil pie chart, producers & consumers, climates & seasons, and parts of plants. This was these students first exposure to the garden so there was lots to learn! With the construction going on, the water had been turned off for a couple weeks so the students practiced patience in watching their seeds grow. This month we planted spinach, broccoli, lettuces, carrots, onions, basil, beans, flowers, and peas… and are finally seeing some new sprouts!

For the first lesson, we discussed the soil pie chart and learned that loam is the best type of soil to have in the garden. We did the soil jar test to watch how sand, silt, and clay settle.

In our second lesson we discussed ecological organization, producers & consumers, and food chains. We learned about individuals, populations, communities, and ecosystems. We looked deeper into these systems to identify producers and consumers such as autotrophs (plants), heterotrophs (primary, secondary, and tertiary consumers and apex predators), and decomposers. We played a game of creating our own food chains by lining up and playing the parts of the sun through to the decomposers.

chayote squash, chayote seeds, and little bugs!

In our third lesson we learned about climates and seasons. We discussed how the Earth rotates on its’ axis around the sun which causes the seasons and how certain crops are best grown in certain seasons. We taste tested some seasonal veggies: spinach, kale, and Swiss chard!

tomatoes and beans harvested from the garden!

This week, we learned about the parts of plants- from the importance of roots absorbing water and minerals, to leaves absorbing sunlight and carbon dioxide, to the flowers helping with the reproduction of the plants. We looked at mystery seeds to try to figure out what type of plant they would become along with how the seeds might transport themselves to be planted somewhere else.

 

Catherine Siefert

Arroyo Seco’s Worms Are Cool!

Who thinks are gross? Not us! Worms have five hearts, are blind, and have no noses but who else makes the best compost with little fuss? In March, Arroyo Seco learned about worms, what they like to eat, and about vermicompost. It’s easy to build a vermicompost. You can buy a plastic bin, makes hole…
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OLPH Garden is Thriving!

The garden at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Downey is doing great! There is a variety of seedlings growing and students continue to help with composting.  
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Mid City Prescott – April 9th and 17th: More planting, prepping, pruning + GRUBS!

Hola! Spring break 2019 is here for LAUSD, and at MCP we are excited and ready for all the crops to start thriving within the next few weeks. This week decided to spent two days at the (coolest) school farm since won’t access to it next week. Efforts were dedicated to ensure the correct operation…
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New Tumblers at Carson Gore Academy

Carson Gore Academy hasn’t had a tumbler up until now, but we’ve still been going over the fundamentals of composting.  The kids were eager to get started and our new green pails have been employed to help keep things separated.  Banana peels and apple cores from breakfast are being brought to the garden by the…
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Flowers, Flowers, everywhere!

Spring is (definitely) here! Well, “spring”– it was quite hot in DTLA for the last few weeks. Our class with Academy Leadership Community (ALC)  at Miguel Contreras Learning Complex is in the early afternoon so we can feel that heat! Of course, these kind of things are always a good opportunity for learning and teaching–…
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Composting at home = Beautiful Gardens at home

The more we compost, the more “texture” get in our edible garden at home. https://web.extension.illinois.edu/homecompost/benefits.cfm “Incorporating compost into soil dramatically improves soil structure. Soil structure refers to how inorganic particles (sand, silt, clay) combine with decayed organic particles (compost, humus). Soil with good structure has a crumbly texture, drains well, retains some moisture, and is…
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Fearless Kale Eaters

  This Los Angeles version of spring is upon us, preemptively sending lettuces to bolt, premature marigolds to flower, and beans to pack-it-in. We’ve sadly had to watch (and taste) our super sweet snap peas go from juicy candy to cellulose-y seed bombs, but behold!—our leafy greens—rainbow chard, lacinato kale, and purple kale have become…
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Here Comes the Sun, Valley View!

Longer days mean that here in Los Angeles we have officially switched over from one planting season to the next.  For my veteran students there is no question as to what changes are taking place out in the garden!  They know that flowering plants mean it’s time to take note and start saving those seeds.…
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St. Patrick’s Welcomes the 3 Ps! (Kind Of)

We loooooove exploring creatures in our garden and when the kindergarteners come out the first thing the want to look for are….bugs!!!   So naturally, our inclination is to properly explain the delicate ecosystem that is existing in our very own school garden.  The three Ps are easy to break down!  Pests, pollinators and predators…
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Primary Parts!

At Primary Academy we enjoyed all the six parts of the plants and learned how to spell them as well!  You have to be creative in the garden.  It is easy to think of your favorite edible treat in the garden, but is it easy to identify what part of the plant it belongs to?…
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Fearless Kale Eaters

By Alicia Papanek | April 12, 2019

  This Los Angeles version of spring is upon us, preemptively sending lettuces to bolt, premature marigolds to flower, and beans to pack-it-in. We’ve sadly had to watch (and taste) our super sweet snap peas go from juicy candy to cellulose-y seed bombs, but behold!—our leafy greens—rainbow chard, lacinato kale, and purple kale have become…

OLPH Garden is Thriving!

By Soinia Burgueno | April 17, 2019

The garden at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Downey is doing great! There is a variety of seedlings growing and students continue to help with composting.  

Mid City Prescott – April 9th and 17th: More planting, prepping, pruning + GRUBS!

By David Ames | April 15, 2019

Hola! Spring break 2019 is here for LAUSD, and at MCP we are excited and ready for all the crops to start thriving within the next few weeks. This week decided to spent two days at the (coolest) school farm since won’t access to it next week. Efforts were dedicated to ensure the correct operation…

Mid City Prescott – A LARGER THAN GARDEN , SMALLER THAN FARM 2 (3/26 – 4/2 2019)

By David Ames | April 5, 2019

WE ARE TRYING A LARGER SCALE PLANTING AT THIS SITE Tomas And over to David!   And off we go at Mid City Prescott Middle School! After a few days of planning, designing and creating the new gardening rows, we have now planted what will be our first crops of the season. The school has…

Hummingbirds feasting @ oregano flower

By David Ames | March 22, 2019

2nd rotation of the year started at Angeles Mesa Elementary. K, 1st and 3rd graders have been interacting with the garden and enjoying Unit 1. 3rd graders are so intrigued and curious about bugs, they liked the Friends & Foes lesson a lot! We recently harvested arugula, more radishes, chard; and have planted sweet snow…

Freshening Angeles Mesa Elementary

By David Ames | January 31, 2019

We have been super excited and entertained during our first Unit at Angeles Mesa. Kids from Pre-K, K and 5th grade have enjoyed learning and interacting with plants and garden. EnrichLA resumed activities at Angeles Mesa in the middle of November, bumping into a few days-off due to Thanksgiving, Winter Break, and then the strike,…

Flowers, Flowers, everywhere!

By Marina Frugone | April 16, 2019

Spring is (definitely) here! Well, “spring”– it was quite hot in DTLA for the last few weeks. Our class with Academy Leadership Community (ALC)  at Miguel Contreras Learning Complex is in the early afternoon so we can feel that heat! Of course, these kind of things are always a good opportunity for learning and teaching–…

Getting organized at Taking the Reins

By Marina Frugone | November 21, 2018

“How do we know when to harvest?”  aaaah…. a hunch? a feel? it smells right? fruit’s the right size? Why don’t we make a harvest calendar! Pulling out the trusty UC Master Gardener Handbook and looking up the approximate harvest time for each of our plants. The girls are attentive!    Also, though it is…

A world beneath our feet… ALC students dig it up

By Marina Frugone | November 21, 2018

“Eeeeeewwwwwwwwww!” said ALC student. “What did I do?” said squirmy worm exposed to the sunlight. “Worms are amazing. Here, grab one and I’ll tell you about what they do” said Garden Ranger. “Their poop is really good for the plants and they create air pockets for roots. Worms are legit.” said other ALC student. ”…

Sprouts for the Sprouts at Mid-City’s Prescott

By Marina Frugone | November 20, 2018

The 1st and 2nd graders of Mid-City’s Prescott School of Enriched Sciences (the sprouts, the 3rd, 4th and 5th graders are the seedlings…) watched these radish babies grow from seed to seedling and last week we discovered why root vegetables sometimes grow hugging each other…like these carrots… Once roots start to grow and grow under…